KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31, 2014:
Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar wants action to be taken on Twitter user Viktor Wong for likening him to Nazi’s Henrich Himmler (Chief of German Police in the Ministry of the Interior under Adolf Hitler).
This, in light of netizens reacting to the news that 154 members of the Penang Voluntary Patrol Team, or Pasukan Peronda Sukarela (PPS), having been hauled up by the police as soon as they finished their march-past for the Penang Merdeka celebrations in Penang Esplanade this morning.
The reason they were detained was to facilitate investigations after the Registrar of Societies (RoS) recently declared PPS as unlawful.
Khalid, via his own Twitter account, urged the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to investigate Wong after the latter tweeted, “Bastardization of @PDRMsia. Thanks to the ruthless @KBAB51 Henrich Himmler of Malaysia,” referring to Khalid by his Twitter handle.
To that, Khalid had replied, “PCIRC @PDRMsia Another rude person detected for further action,” which was directed to the Police Cyber Investigations Response Centre (PCIRC).
On his Twitter profile, Wong stated that he was a life member of Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and the director of IRAS policy studies as well as being a member of Aliran. He had earlier tweeted various remarks with regards to the detention of the PPS members. Wong had also alleged that the violence and brutality of the police in Penang were getting worse, further claiming that many PPS members were attacked, detained and thrown into a packed prison by the police.
Prior to that, Khalid had also alerted the PCIRC to another Twitter user, Nasrul Omar, who had written “anjing BN” in a tweet which he had also tagged the IGP.
“PCIRC @PDRMsia sila ambil tindakan terhadap org biadap ini yg menggelar IGP ‘Anjing BN’,” Khalid wrote.
(PCIRC @PDRM please take action against this rude person who is calling the IGP a BN dog.)
It was later discovered that Nasrul, believed to be a lawyer, had deleted the tweet and then had deactivated his Twitter account.
With most condemning the arrests, there are those standing in full support of the action taken by the police.
Twitter user Eddy Daud was in full praise of the arrests made, saying that there should only be one law enforcement unit in Malaysia.
“There is only one Polis force in Malaysia and PPS is not,” Eddy wrote. DAP’s Charles Santiago dubbed the arrests made as “crazy” on Twitter.
Gerakan’s Youth chief Tan Keng Liang, despite expressing his sympathies towards those arrested, did not mince his words when putting the blame on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
“Feel sorry for PPS. Tokong now ask to fight with police & claim will defend you all. But if lose, you go to jail, not the Tokong. Be wise,” Tan wrote, referring to the Tokong moniker used by certain quarters to refer to Lim.
Izran Salleh tweeted as saying that Lim was forming his own private military through PPS, questioning the use of only one race.
“So @cmlimguaneng is setting up his own private military in PPS. It’s also clear that members of this army are of one race. DAP, multicultural?”
The arrest led Lim to call off all state Merdeka events pending police investigations with the Registrar of Societies declaring the unit as unlawful last week.
The 154 members, all wearing their trademark purple vests, were brought to the Lebuh Pantai police station before being taken to the Northeast district police headquarters for further action.
Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalatrash Wahid confirmed the incident and said they were being investigated under the Societies Act 1966.
Later, Mior confirmed that the 154 PPS members had all been released on police bail.